What The Papers Say - July 9

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The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Jordan Pickford features heavily in Monday’s local and national newspapers, with the Everton stopper explaining how his series of loan spells in the lower leagues helped lay the platform for his starring performances at the World Cup.

The Guardian, The Independent and the Liverpool Echo all carry quotes from the 24-year-old, who said: “It is all about learning and that is what I did in those leagues. That’s what turns you from a kid into a man. Then when you come on to the big stage, you have got to perform. And I just enjoy it.”

The Echo reports Pickford took time out before England’s quarter-final triumph against Sweden to offer support to the family of four-month-old baby Blue Isaac Ramsey, who has battled a series of serious bowel and intestine conditions since being born prematurely on March 15.

The same paper also suggests Everton have “stepped away from preliminary discussions" with Celtic over left-back Kieran Tierney and are now “pursuing alternatives”, while the appointments of Bruno Mendes as Everton’s Head of Performance and Dan Donachie as the Club’s Head of Therapy Services also feature in the local read.

Finally, the Daily Mirror speculates the Blues are interested in signing Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. The paper suggests the 29-year-old – who is currently on World Cup duty with France in Russia – is also attracting the interest of Arsenal and West Ham United. 

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